Systems

 

 

Integrated electrical and low-voltage systems of all types—inside and outside a building—encompass the range of work that electrical contractors do. The articles in this section highlight different types of work, from security, fire and life safety, to traditional electrical power and distribution, to lighting, cabling and more. 

I am always amused when I hear, “No one uses heat-cured epoxy connectors anymore.” In fact, about 95 percent of all connectors, including every factory-made patchcord, uses heat-cured epoxy for its ease of use, low cost and high reliability.

NFPA 70B, Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance, has championed the importance of an electrical preventative maintenance (EPM) program for years.

Residential home fire alarm protection methods can be broken down into two distinct applications: stand-alone detection devices, known as smoke alarms or carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, and combination fire alarm and detection systems that employ smoke detectors and CO detectors connected to a resident

When we install fire protection
in a building, we are focused on active protection systems such as fire alarms, fire sprinklers, clean agents or smoke control.

More on Systems

 
Bidding Telecommunications Cabling, Part III: Preparing the Costing
by Staff |
| under

An electrical contractor’s most difficult task of a telecommunications cabling bid is preparing the costing.

READ MORE
 
Choosing Fiber Optic Connectors and Using Them Properly
by Staff |
| under

When electrical contractors first decide to get into the fiber optic local area network (LAN) installation business, they have a plethora of factors to consider before ever making a single connection.

READ MORE
 
Working with ESCOs: Friends or Foes?
by Staff |
| under

Some new guys in town could either be your friends or enemies. They are called energy services companies (ESCOs).

READ MORE
 
Never Experiment on Your Customers
by Staff |
| under

In most high-technology fields today, the pace of change is mind boggling. If you buy a new PC, it's obsolete before you get it out of the door. New models are waiting in the stockroom to replace the one you bought, offering faster speeds, bigger hard drives, and features you never dreamed of.

READ MORE
 
New Technology Driving Network Wiring for the Home
by Staff |
| under

The Internet. Livingroom LANs. The Internet. Telecommuting. The Internet. Security. The Internet. DBS satellite and cable TV. And, if you didn't catch it before…the Internet.

READ MORE
 
File Sharing Enhancements In CAD Programs Improve Workflow
by Staff |
| under

While sharing drawings over the Internet is not yet as prevalent as sharing text-based documents, just wait.

READ MORE
 
Myths of Fiber Optics
by Staff |
| under

If you look into the end of a fiber, the powerful laser signal transmitting through it will burn your eyeball. The effect is like a medical fiber optics gadget that burns warts off your finger or an endoscope used in laser surgery, right?

READ MORE

Pages